If you’ve come to Myrtle Beach for a challenge in your golf game, the area has courses that will fit your needs. With a variety of award-winning golf courses designed by legends including Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus, Myrtle Beach is one of the golf capitals of the nation. All of our golf greens highlight amazing natural scenery.

The golf courses found in the area are distributed from as far north as Calabash, NC and extend south to the Pawleys Island area.

We are making the dividing line of South and North golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area at the Myrtle Beach International Airport, which is conveniently located in a central location. Information listed here is from the course staffs.

Area courses SOUTH of the airport include:

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Pawleys Island – Built on the former site of a working southern rice plantation, Caledonia is a 6,526-yard, par-70 course that has been described as having “18 signature holes,” with holes routed around live oaks and streams. The 18th hole borders the Plantation’s old rice field, and requires a precise tee shot that sets up a difficult second shot: a forced carry onto a green at the foot of the clubhouse, where onlookers may be sitting in rocking chairs, betting on shots’ results.

Founders Club at Pawleys Island – Opened in 2008, the Founders Club at Pawleys Island was built over the original Sea Gull golf course, the fourth oldest Myrtle Beach golf course in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, area, dating from 1966. The project was undertaken by Thomas Walker, former lead designer for Gary Player Design. Known as a difficult but fair par 72 course, 18 holes measure a total of 7,007 yards. It features sloping fairways, bunkers, elevation changes, and mounding. Natural beach sand fills the waste areas, and native grasses, such as love and bluestem, populate the mounds and waste areas. This makes for an “ocean-style” course, which gives golfers a unique coastal-feel golfing experience. Wetlands, live oaks and pines add further aesthetic value to the course.

General James Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina University, Conway – Located adjacent to the CCU campus, the par-72 course is the Grand Strand’s only university-affiliated course. With 18 holes, it is home to CCU’s PGA Golf Management program, one of only 20 university programs accredited by the PGA of America.The practice facility offers an all-grass driving range, practice bunker, 3,000-square-foot putting green and a 3-hole short game area between 20-50 yards.

The Heritage Club, Pawleys Island – Built on the site of the former True Blue and Midway Plantations, Heritage offers 18 holes, with two holes playing beside and over centuries-old cemeteries. Heritage Club was originally developed by Larry Young and Dan Maples on a 600-acre tract , and it has been ranked among the top public courses in the country by Golf Digest and other publications. The golf course winds its way by centuries-old like oak trees, and the par five 18th hole is an excellent risk-reward hole, giving players who successfully take on a lake in two shots a chance for an eagle putt. In addition to a grass driving range, players can use a large practice putting and chipping green.

Indian Wells Golf Club, Garden City – Strategy, not brute force, is the name of the game on this 18-hole, par 72 course designed by architect Gene Hamm. The club is convenient for walk-ins who get the sudden urge to golf. Many then choose to take advantage of the numerous membership options, tailor made to suit everyone’s golfing needs.

Indigo Creek Golf Club, Murrells Inlet – This beautiful Willard Byrd design displays well-maintained Tift Dwarf Bermuda greens, and Bermuda tees, fairways and roughs. Surrounded by lots of water and wildlife, the course winds through flowing creeks and giant oaks along the back nine.

Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club – This Jack Nicklaus Signature Course has beautiful live oak trees and marsh views.

Prestwick Country Club, Myrtle Beach – This semi-private course offers 18 holes designed by the architect team of Pete and P.B. Dye. Its Lowcountry terrain features dense pine and hardwood forests and pristine wetlands of creeks and lakes. Measuring at just shy of 7,100 yards from the championship tees, this par 72 requires some serious distance with the driver.

River Club Golf Course, Pawleys Island – The Tom Jackson Signature Course includes ponds and streams – some man-made and other pre-existing to River Club’s 1985 opening – on 14 of the 18 holes. Water features will directly impact club selection on as many as eight holes of this par-72, 6,700-yard track.

Tournament Players Club of Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet – This difficult 18-hole, par 72 undulating course has been played by golf legends Tom Watson, Lanny Wadkins, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, and Ray Floyd. It also has a putting green, chipping green and grass driving range.

Tradition Golf Club, Pawleys Island – This course features a creative-yet-simple design that focuses on pristine surfaces, protected greens and a challenging yet playable round. Designed by Florida course architect Ron Garl, Tradition complements a par-72 round with its Mega Practice Complex. With upward of 6,875 yards awaiting players, that practice facility is the perfect warm up before attacking the course.

True Blue Golf Club, Pawleys Island – Its dramatic and fun layout is known for vast fairways, undulating greens and impressive elevation changes. The setting is the rolling terrain and native vegetation of a once thriving indigo and rice plantation. Also offers an 18-acre practice facility.

Wachesaw Plantation East, Murrells Inlet – This Clyde Johnston-designed golf course is built on the site of a former rice plantation. It has five sets of tees and is a par-72 layout. A grass driving range is available for pre- and post-round tune-ups, and two large combination putting/chipping greens complete the scene.

Whispering Pines, Myrtle Beach – The 6771-yard course at Whispering Pines is surrounded by a native landscape. The course is carved out of 200 acres of towering pines and mature hardwoods by designers Finger, Dye, and Spahn.

Willbrook Plantation, Pawleys Island – Willbrook, a Dan Maples design set in Pawleys Island and observed as part of the Waccamaw Golf Trail, gives players of all skill levels the type of round they’re looking for. Winding through a pair of plantations, one dating back to the late 1700s, Willbrook has long been seen as an environmentalist’s dream. The course’s pristine 18 holes are woven through natural grasses, Lowcountry marshes and wetlands, and players see plenty of wildlife.

Witch Golf Club, Myrtle Beach – Designed by Dan Maples, The Witch has Tift Dwarf grass on the greens and 419 Bermuda grass on the fairways. The distance of the course is 6,796 yards from the black tees, and the slope is 133. The course plays through a secluded black water forest.

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Area courses NORTH of the airport include:

Aberdeen Country Club, Longs – Aberdeen has three scenic 9-hole courses that echo the spirit of golf in the Scottish links tradition. Nestled up against a serene wetland preserve teeming with wildlife, golfers are transported to an earlier time in golf history and are enchanted by the stunning beauty of the natural world.

Arcadian Shores Golf Club, Myrtle Beach – Arcadian Shores Golf Club was designed by renowned golf course architect, Rees Jones. The uniquely contoured fairways and green complexes, with an abundance of live oaks and well placed lakes, give this course a personality all its own. Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Arcadian Shores is a quick trip from all area accommodations. At just over 6,800 yards from the tips with a rating of 73.2 and a slope of 13, Arcadian Shores Golf can give the low handicappers all they want, but from the appropriate teeing ground this Lowcountry beauty can offer amateurs of all levels a great combination of challenge and fun. The elevated greens are surrounded buy large strategically placed bunkers, but getting your tee shot into the fairway provides an acceptable approach shot from most angles.

Arrowhead Country Club, Myrtle Beach – With 27 holes and a canvas of Bermuda fairways and MiniVerde Bermuda grass, the team of Ray Floyd and Tom Jackson features three unique 9-hole tracks beside the Intracoastal Waterway: The Cypress, The Waterway and The Lakes.

Barefoot Resort, North Myrtle Beach – The four courses were designed by Hall of Fame players and architects…Greg Norman, Davis Love III, Tom Fazio and Pete Dye. Each one achieved their goal of creating unique, visually striking, and fun to play courses.

Big Cats Golf Courses of Ocean Ridge Plantation, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. – The Fierce foursome of the Big Cats are Leopard’s Chase, Tiger’s Eye,  Panther’s Run and Lion’s Paw. They offer 72 holes of premier golf with challenging holes for all levels, beautiful landscapes, exciting elevation changes, diverse fairways and sloping greens. All of the courses have been designed to take advantage of the land’s natural setting, providing a unique personality for each hole.

Brick Landing Plantation, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. – The 18 hole course starts and ends on the Intracoastal Waterway while winding through coastal marshes. This semi-private course offers all the benefits of a private club while still being open to the public.

Brunswick Plantation & Golf Resort, Calabash, N.C. – The 27 holes on Azalea, Dogwood and Magnolia courses have year-round Bermuda grass greens.

Burning Ridge Golf Club, Conway – Designed by Gene Hamm, the Burning Ridge 18-hole, par 72 course is what was formerly known as the East Course when the club opened as a 36-hole course in 1980. When the West course was closed in 2005 and developed for residential housing, the East course, then known as a “difficult” course, underwent extensive renovations.

Carolina National, Bolivia, N.C. – Carolina National Golf Club is a 27-hole Fred Couples signature golf course set along the Banks of the Lockwood Folly River. The course opened in 1998, six years after Freddie’s Master’s victory. Drawing upon inspiration from his experiences at the Masters, Mr. Couples incorporated the Augusta “feel” at the Carolina coast. Carolina National Golf Club is also an Audubon-Certified Sanctuary Golf Course. With three nines – Egret, Heron and Ibis – each with its own distinct  personality, the course is just over 7,000 yards  from the tips.

Colonial Charters, Longs – After an extensive renovation project to the 18-hole golf course and clubhouse in 2013, this facility has been restored to the quality conditions for which it acclaimed during the ’90s upon the initial opening. Colonial Charters features a number of memorable holes defined by mature hardwoods and strategically placed water hazards. The 6,427 yard layout features two iconic green-side waterfalls and the tree-lined fairways reward golfers that are accurate off the tee. Water hazards are abundant and require golfers to work the ball as they navigate the holes from fairway to green.

Crow Creek Golf Club, Calabash, N.C. – It is the work of Rick Robbins, a former design associate for Dick Wilson and, later, Jack Nicklaus. Its L-93 bentgrass greens run fast and smooth.

Crown Park Golf Club, Longs – Crown Park is an 18-hole championship golf course winding through a Carolina pine forest. Experience a peaceful round of golf surrounded by nature.

The Dunes Golf & Beach Club – This private Robert Trent Jones signature course has a course rating of 76.1 and a slope rating of 148. “Waterloo”, hole 13, is the signature hole of the Dunes Course. Famous worldwide, it is a legendary hole where Lake Singleton comes into play. While The Dunes is private, and it has a half-price National Membership as well as offering prospective National Members a “Member for a Day” opportunity to check out the golf course, pool and restaurant.

Farmstead Golf Links, Calabash, N.C. – The most distinguishing feature is its 767-yard 18th hole, a par 6 that begins in South Carolina and ends in North Carolina. This par 72 designed by Willard Byrd with enhancements by David Johnson offers five sets of tees and three par 3s on the backside.

Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links, Little River – Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links was design by Donald Ross. Set among centuries-old live oaks with marsh and Intracoastal Waterway views, a fairly tame introduction on holes one through four are a warmup for some of the toughest finishing holes in Myrtle Beach golf. Whether it’s a 3-wood, 5-wood or a hybrid club you reach for, just remember — at Glen Dornoch, positioning off the tee is key. Shoot for accuracy, not distance, and you will put yourself in a position to score well.

Grande Dunes Resort Golf Club, Myrtle Beach – This 18-hole Roger Rulewich Group design is positioned on a high bluff overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s known for a links-style design, which offers expansive Bermuda grass fairways with subtle undulations onto large, modestly contoured greens that feature brand-new Champion Bermuda.

Heather Glen Golf Course, Little River – The 27 holes were crafted by design to pay tribute to Scotland and Ireland.

International World Tour Golf Links, Myrtle Beach – This 18-hole, par 72 public tournament-quality replica Myrtle Beach golf course provides a way for golfers to play the great golf course holes of the world without having to travel anywhere but Myrtle Beach. Named for courses hosting the U.S. and British Opens, the Open Nine includes holes from North America’s top-ranking golf courses, including National Golf Club of Canada and the world’s top-rated course, Pine Valley Golf Club. Bronze plaques detail the history of each hole and the famous golfers who played them.

Legends Golf Resort, Myrtle Beach – This resort located a short distance west of the Intracoastal Waterway has five courses: Parkland, Heathland, Moorland, Oyster Bay and Heritage Club. They showcase the natural terrain with contoured and tree-lined fairways, natural areas, deep-faced bunkers and multi-level greens. The resort’s restaurant called Ailsa Pub is exemplary, with a world-class chef who grows and harvests much of the food himself.

Long Bay Golf Club, Longs – Set just outside the heart of Myrtle Beach in Longs, this course blends the feel of East and West Coast play, starting with the environment. Nicklaus and Co. kept many of the existing dogwoods, pines and maples along the course, and streams cut through several holes. Players must navigate a variety of bunker styles, as well as considerable elevation differences.

Man O’War Golf Club, Myrtle Beach – Built in 1995 and designed by Dan Maples, Man O’War features Crenshaw Bent grass on the greens and 419 Bermuda grass on the fairways.There’s a significant amount of water challenges, and laying up is a strong bet more often than not.

This par-72 course is built around an 80-acre lake and is 6,967 yards from the black tees. Maples used the water to create narrow fairways, for forced carries, to limit drive length and to encourage risk-reward choices.

Meadowlands Golf Club, Calabash, N.C. – Tucked along the border of North Carolina and South Carolina at Hickman Crossroads, Meadowlands Golf Club delivers spacious and gently sloping fairways with a variety of elevation changes that present a multitude of challenges as they open onto large, manicured greens. Five sets of tees, an open layout and well-defined hazards, Meadowlands features a number of unforgettable holes bordered by serene meadows, mature hardwoods and vast wetlands. The course’s 7,054 yards are artfully sculpted around pristine freshwater lakes and natural vegetation. Designed by Willard Byrd and David Johnson, Meadowlands is located less than one mile from its sister course, Farmstead Golf Links.

Myrtle Beach National, Myrtle Beach – Home to 54 holes on three courses: The West Course has a classic Arnold Palmer design and a professional challenge from the back tees as the numerous doglegs, fairway bunkers and natural hazards come into play. King’s North features 18 of the most dramatic and picturesque holes you’ll ever encounter. The par-5 sixth hole (nicknamed “The Gambler”) has an island fairway offering a risk-reward shortcut to the green. SouthCreek is an Arnold Palmer signature design. With just 6,400 yards from the back tees, this course challenges golfers to focus on accuracy not distance with each shot.

Myrtlewood Golf Club, Myrtle Beach – Myrtlewood Golf Club offers 36 holes beside the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway in the heart of Myrtle Beach. The skillful use of mounding and strategic placement of water hazards gives the PineHills golf course contoured fairways. Myrtlewood Palmetto golf course has a traditional design that offers gentle sloping fairways with a variety of hazards, bunkers and large, subtle undulating greens.

The Pearl Golf Links, Calabash, N.C. – The Pearl Golf Links is on the banks of the Brunswick coastal marshland in the heart of Calabash. Dan Maples designed The Pearl’s two courses, The Pearl East and The Pearl West . They challenge golfers at all skill levels while showcasing the spectacular 900-acre marsh surroundings.

Pine Lakes Country Club (The Granddaddy), Myrtle Beach – The graceful Southern architecture of the circa 1927 clubhouse symbolizes the beginning of Myrtle Beach golf history. Pine Lakes was originally built upon natural dunes less than a half mile from the ocean and featured numerous freshwater lakes and rolling fairways. Designed by architect Robert White, the first president of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of America and a co-founder of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, the back nine reflects White’s original design and the front nine was renovated.

Possum Trot Golf Course, North Myrtle Beach – Originally designed by Russell Breeden, the course has well-kept TifDwarf Bermuda greens and 18 holes that weave in and out of palmetto and pine and around ponds and bunkers. Its fairways are not lined by houses or condos, and its challenges are derived from narrow fairways and smallish greens. The most notable hole is the 18th, a 535-yard par five. A practice putting and chipping green and grass driving range, with a practice bunker, are available on-site for pre- and post-round practice sessions. In addition to an excellent practice facility, Possum Trot is also the site of a well-regarded golf academy run by award-winning teacher Mike Passmore. The staff at Possum Trot is also available to organize golf outings, from a small-scale gathering to a full-field corporate day.

River Hills Golf Club, Little River – This visually intimidating course was designed by architect Tom Jackson, who describes the course as, “Modern in concept, yet traditional in nature, River Hills is a pleasing blend of old and new design ideas unlike any other course at the beach.”

It is peppered with non-parallel fairways, rolling hills, and frequent 40-foot elevation changes. It’s also unique in the sense that it has only one set of parallel holes: No. 1 and No. 10. You play out nine and play back in, ending at the clubhouse at the end of each nine. The 17th hole is considered the signature hole, with its double dog-leg par 5 and two water carries.

River Oaks Golf Plantation, Myrtle Beach – The unique 27-hole (three nines) design was designed by Gene Hamm and Tom Jackson. All three are intended to challenge golfers of all skill levels, and each was named for animals found in their natural habitats when the course was developed – Fox, Otter, and Bear.

Rivers Edge Golf Club, Shallotte – An Arnold Palmer Golf Signature design, this course offers five sets of tees to fit any skill level. It is situated along the bluffs and tidal marshes of the Shallotte River.

Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club, Sunset Beach, N.C. – The club recently finished a major renovation and converted all 27 greens to MiniVerde Bermuda, a quality new ultradwarf Bermuda strain. As of October 2015, 280 trees were removed, the parking lot and Piper course cart paths were sealed, and new bunker sand with improved drainage was added.

Sea Trail Golf Resort, Sunset Beach, N.C. – Sea Trail offers three distinctly different signature courses designed by Rees Jones, Dan Maples and Willard Byrd. The Jones Course is a straightforward layout featuring generous mounded fairways, bordered by scenic lakes and towering trees. Wide fairways are surrounded by water, with the hazard coming into play on 11 holes of the par 72 championship course. The Willard Byrd Course requires a distinctively different approach, thanks to a constricting tree line, challenging greenside bunkering and lakes ranging from 14-20 acres in size. Strategically placed tee shots are essential for successful play when hitting from the fairways onto Byrd’s undulating greens of Champions Bermuda. The Maples Course is a traditional southern track, framed by twisted ancient oaks and tall Carolina pines. The medium-length, accuracy demanding course features five holes that wind along the scenic Calabash Creek, with elaborate landscaping and undulating greens. Still regarded as one of Maples finest, this is a par-72 course, with A1/A4 blended Bent grass greens. The course is also peppered with numerous waste bunkers, one of which extends the full length of a fairway.

Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club, Conway – Inspired by Winged Foot and Augusta National, designer Clyde Johnston created large, old-style rectangular tee boxes, wide open fairways and elevated, super-sized, bent grass greens where balls run swift and the short game is on.

Surf Golf & Beach Club, North Myrtle Beach – Offering varying levels of membership, this private club has a parkland style course designed by George Cobb in 1960 and renovated by John LaFoy.

Thistle Golf Club, Sunset Beach, N.C. – With 27 holes, the Cameron, Mackay and Stewart courses are surrounded by a nature preserve, acres of wildflowers, wetlands and wildlife. The clubhouse design is traditionally Scottish and mimics a club that began in the early 1800s.

Tidewater Golf Club, North Myrtle Beach – Architect Ken Tomlinson refused to incorporate artificial elements and delivered a harmonized-with-the-surroundings experience. The Tidewater community sits high atop a peninsula overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. A saltwater marsh and ocean inlet adjoin the course on the east, while the Intracoastal Waterway flanks several holes on the north and west. Adding to the visual variety, thick stands of hardwoods flow with the natural contours of the land. The course offers rewards to shot makers who take chances and welcome challenges.

Wild Wing Plantation Golf – Two courses include the Avocet course, designed by Larry Nelson and Jeff Brauer, and the Hummingbird Nine. If you need to warm up before your game, or just want to hit a few balls, Wild Wing also has a practice facility.

Wizard Golf Club, Myrtle Beach – Designer Dan Maples found inspiration in the links courses common to Scotland. At its longest, The Wizard is 6,700 yards, and it can be short as 5,000. The Wizard is a course that favors precision and patience. There are numerous holes where there are water or bunkers that aren’t visible from the tee, so you’ll need to use GPS or learn the course the hard way.

Seafood House Calabash Buffet welcomes golfers to enjoy crab legs, oysters, shrimp, clam, mussels, fish, prime rib, salad bar, southern cooking, desserts and much more. The restaurant is located at 2000 Highway 17 Business in Surfside Beach, just minutes from hotels on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach.